Canon PowerShot SX50 HS: World’s First 50x Optical Zoom Compact Camera [PICS]

Canon’s had more success than most in the higher-end point-and-shoot camera, and today is announcing updates to its most capable PowerShot compact camera - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

The Canon PowerShot SX50′s got a big, protruding lens and flash, though the added girth make it look a bit more like a DSLR. Part of its width can no doubt be chalked up to its 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD, which can be swiveled away from the body of the camera to help vary viewing angles.

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Also, like the SX50, the SX500 has a devoted button for Zoom Framing Assist, which does a quick zoom out to help you reframe subjects on the fly.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS - World’s First 50x Optical Zoom Compact Camera

Above the display you’ll find a play button and a cushioned viewfinder. To its right, you’ve got the Record, Display, Menu and access to settings like Macro and ISO.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS BCK LCD OPEN

You’ll find the rest to the settings — plus ON / OFF and access to that big 50x zooming to the right of the flash.

Key features of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

  • 50x ultra wide-angle zoom
  • 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer. Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 MP HS System with DIGIC 5
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • 7.1 cm (2.8″) vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • Manual modes, RAW
  • Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ

The PowerShot SX50 HS will run you $480 when it drops next month. [Source: Canon]

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